There's no ideal restaurant to celebrate Father’s Day. Your dad could be a stereotypical steak-loving bloke, or a vegetarian. He could be a wine connoisseur or a guy who likes nothing better than to put away six midis at lunch. Whatever kind of dad you have, Father's Day is uncomfortably close (Sunday September 1), which means it's time to get booking.

We've assembled a diverse list of bookable restaurants, with an emphasis on quieter, more classic spots where the family won't have to yell to make conversation. Stick to the top dozen entries if you're keen to splash out and make your dad feel special. Look further down if you're after a more relaxed, communal environment, such as a pizzeria, neighbourhood bistro or pub.

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Best Special Occasion Restaurants in Sydney

Quay

The standard-setter for fine dining in Sydney. Executive chef Peter Gilmore is tireless in his pursuit of what’s interesting, new and Australian. His backyard is peppered with test plantations of rare vegetables, he works with local ceramicists on custom crockery and he’s a leading advocate for native produce. The restaurant’s theatrical tasting menus show off all this and more, bolstered by some of the city’s best harbour views.

Overseas Passenger Terminal The Rocks, Sydney
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Automata

A fun, energetic take on fine dining headed by ex-Momofuku Seiōbo chef Clayton Wells.

5 Kensington Street, Chippendale

LuMi Bar & Dining

An intriguing restaurant in Pyrmont, with a chef that lists Noma and Attica on his CV.

56 Pirrama Road, Pyrmont

The Gantry

Enjoy artful, surprising degustations at this understated diner. Inside, it's all about sleek dark timbers – but it's the outdoor drinking and dining that really shines. A table outside by the water on a warm day is the ideal setting for a long, spritzy lunch.

11 Hickson Road, Sydney
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Icebergs Dining Room and Bar

This elevated vantage of Bondi’s sloshing surf is one of Australia’s great views – one a less conscientious restaurateur might easily lean on. Not Maurice Terzini, who’s been pushing his resplendent Italian diner to greater and greater heights since 2002.

Restaurant 1 Notts Ave, Bondi
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Rockpool Bar & Grill

A large experience in the best possible way.

66 Hunter Street, Sydney
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Porteño

Charcoal-roasted meats and sides, paired with a choice of 300 wines.

50 Holt Street, Surry Hills
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Hotel Centennial

Hotel Centennial has been refurbished, and along with a new look comes a new chef.

88 Oxford Street, Woollahra

Bartolo

Settle into the handsome dining room to tackle the 180-bottle-strong wine list, or grab some takeaway slushies from the old coffee window. Plus, there's excellent house-made pasta.

359 Crown Street, Surry Hills

Chubby Cheeks

A modern Thai restaurant serving twice-cooked master-stock chicken and Wagyu brisket that takes four days to prepare.

437 Oxford Street, Paddington
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Queen Chow Manly Wharf

Merivale’s waterside Cantonese joint, complete with live seafood tank, oyster bar and dim sum. The views across the water make for an ideal setting year-round.

22-23 Manly Wharf East Esplanade, Manly

Sunset Sabi

Wild cocktails and unique Japanese flavours from the team at Chica Bonita.

26-28 Pittwater Road, Manly
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Monopole

The CBD has some of the best cocktail bars in the world, but there’s a surprising lack of venues with a focus on vino. Since moving from its original Potts Point location, Monopole, with its clever mix of snacking and thoughtful drinks list, has changed that.

16-20 Curtin Place, Sydney
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Sokyo

Japanese food fit for a high (or first-time) roller.

Level G, The Darling at The Star 80 Pyrmont Street, Pyrmont
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Cho Cho San

A fresh take on Japanese izakaya dining.

73 Macleay Street, Potts Point

Chiosco by Ormeggio

This is the casual counterpart to Ormeggio at the Spit. The Italian food and service is just as excellent, but the atmosphere and dishes on the menu are far more casual.

The Jetty, The Spit Marina, Spit Road, Mosman
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Macleay St Bistro

You'll find this Potts Point fixture at the Paris end of Macleay Street. That location, combined with a stately exterior and a menu boasting French bistro classics, makes for truly transportive dining. Expect steak frites, salmon tartare, oysters and a tight list of French and Aussie wines.

A 73 Macleay Street, Potts Point
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La Bufala

Flying the flag for Italy’s new-wave pizzerias. The pizzaiolos here employ stone ground, type-one flour in their dough, which isn’t as refined as the favoured 00 type flour. The result: La Bufala’s pies have more bite and less “flop” once cooked. And they’re healthier for it, too (as far as pizza goes).

Shops 17 & 18 19-33 Kent Road, Mascot

Bondi Trattoria

Extensive antipasti, breakfast, and a range of classics from a celebrated chef.

34 Campbell Parade, Bondi

Henry’s Cronulla

Tropical tapas and seasonal cocktails in a European-styled courtyard.

1 Ocean Grove, Cronulla

Continental Deli Bar and Bistro

Relax with "Mar-tinnies" and tinned seafood.

210 Australia Street, Newtown
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Capriccio Osteria & Bar

Rich Italian flavours with a modern palette.

159 Norton Street, Leichhardt
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The Herring Room

Plenty of seafood and a people-first approach make this a hit with locals.

94 Pittwater Road, Manly

Sugarcane Coogee

The younger sibling of the Surry Hills restaurant feels like a Thai beach hut.

Shop 1, 56 Carr Street, Coogee

The Dolphin Hotel

This Surry Hills pub got a shake-up in 2020 – but it’s still one of Sydney’s best all-in-one wine bars, restaurants and boozers.

412 Crown Street, Surry Hills
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Bistrot Gavroche

A classic French restaurant on Kensington Street.

2-10 Kensington Street, Chippendale
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Dhakshin

This is South Indian with heart and soul in Crows Nest.

320 Pacific Highway, Crows Nest
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Maestro and Co

A modern Middle Eastern restaurant in Manly.

50 East Esplanade, Manly

Alex&Co.

A huge multi-space fine diner with room for 350 people.

330 Church Street, Parramatta

Alpha

Following a stunning makeover, this beloved Greek restaurant reopened in 2021. A handful of old favourites remain on the menu, but everything else – from the sprawling open kitchen to a tongue-in-cheek take on pigs in blankets – is brand new.

238 Castlereagh Street, Sydney
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The Greens

A breezy garden cafe and bar with ball-droppingly magnificent views.

50 Ridge Street, North Sydney
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